What we do

Our mission is to help 12,5 million people start and grow their businesses

"Education and attitude create opportunities."

We provide world-class practical, low bandwidth business education to help people in over 83 countries to start and grow their businesses. The student brings the attitude.

We do this by partnering with large organisations, communities, municipalities, cities, chambers of commerce, etc to are trying to tackle youth unemployment and small business venture creation.

Examples of how we work? With the Mayor of Modimolle-Mookgophong (Marlene van Staden) we launched the Modimolle-Mookgophong Entrepreneurship Academy to her community of 600.000 residents. You can see it at https://www.thestartuptribe.org/pages/mm

What kind of courses do we offer?

Really good ones if the reviews are anything to go by!

There really is no point doing all this work if the people don't get real-world practical benefits out of the courses!

Our courses are completely focused on knowledge that can be used by the startup or small business immediately. For example, in the "How to find clients" course, the majority of the lessons are designed so that the student can use the knowledge immediately in their business to generate leads. You can try the course here https://www.thestartuptribe.org/courses/how-to-find-clients

All the courses are designed on the assumption that entrepreneurs don't have access to lots of resources or money so that - other than data costs - the knowledge can be used by just about everyone.

We also don't create advanced courses. Our mission is to help startups get started and small businesses to grow. We open the so proverbial door and then the student can decide to deepen their knowledge elsewhere on the numerous free resources available all over this big crazy beautiful world. For example, in our "How to start a farm" course (a course we designed to help those who have really nothing to start a small farm and create an income stream for themselves) our focus is to help learners understand what to do and get the first steps done, but we don't teach them all the different variations of crops they can choose and how to grow each one individually.

Who is behind this initiative?

A highly experienced team of seasoned entrepreneurs and changemakers

From ex-Goldman Sachs executives to serial entrepreneurs to experienced impact project specialists, the team behind this initiative has worked in many countries and sectors and brings a wealth of real-world experience to this project.

What makes us different?

Practical world-class free courses built on low cost distribution channels

From the start we designed this initiative to impact millions of people. This means we had to approach the challenge of creating and distributing great business education differently. Added to this we decided that we didn't want anyone to be disadvantaged by their financial backgrounds so all the courses needed to be free.

Today we are able to impact the lives of thousands of people on a daily basis on a cost basis that is incredibly low, which means we are not under pressure to generate big returns or push students to buy anything. This approach allows us to scale rapidly, be geographically widely available and bear virtually no software development cost.

There are a few secret ingredients added to this that we would like to keep private for now, but they relate around the execution of our impact ambitions.

How are we doing progress-wise?

A few numbers to give you a sense of traction

Launched officially in October 2020 (almost by mistake actually, but that's a story for another day), today we are active in 23 countries, 52 cities and with a little luck should reach 400.000 people soon.

In 2020 we expect to reach 8 million people in over 250 cities.

(info updated 10 Feb 2020)

What are the courses you offer?

We launched with a core selection and now developing over 28 new courses. Pick the category that you're interested in:

Any great project is a team effort!

Without these partners we couldn't do this